Letter from Mary Moody Emerson to Charles Chauncy Emerson
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Sat Eve 15 Jan. 1829 I had yours my dear Nephew, on the 7.th And tho’ the lines were few & far between yet they con- tained high interest. Perhaps each oppressed with his own imperfections & insecure & his own virtue- is it so? The former _I know_- but not less certain of final [-----]. Yes, it is a fact as demonstrable as existence that the real lover of God tho’ certain of failing every day in perfec- tion _is certain_ tho’ that God cannot desert him- he is certain that no flower springs in his youth - and that age is cold & desolate- yet he glories in his very sor- rows - he can challenge that infinite & perfect Being in humble confidence to deprive him of joy while his providence orders his trials- Nay more were things of ill & good to be left to the cold & stern lows of generalities - were God what the revelation & ministry of his divine Son teaches - the heart that is devoted to him would cheerfully wait till he were ready to remove the veil which prevents or only hides His immediate government. Were where the virtue & patience & courage could we see the divine hand which allots so many trials? If I might go farther & explain any idea of this devotion which has burnt in so many heroes & martyrs it would be so severe as to admit of doing nothing about which there is a “scruple”- any profession in which there are known “temptations”. One chance to a million of such a here- after as you & I expect and who should hazard those virtues essential to the spirit of that future? And now I will express aa favorite wish- that you might breach the plain perfect _law_ of the gospel. [page break] I never said it - you were so absorbed in the [-----] of the old world - I dont presume to advise- if you needed it- others more able- I only say that your impassioned eloquence- your sympathy were what should be laid on the altars of Him who came to seek & soothe. Your health is perhaps un- equal to the task of continuing in those labyrinths [---] you have entered. If it did- if you could add to the rise of the Bar character - better than to be a modern unitarian. All that is sublime earnest infinite seems to have no place in their faith. They talk of the riddles in nature & Providence & revelation. When the _last_ confesses there - accounts for these to all the purposes of the most undaunted faith - so that the believer can be “puffed with a divine ambition And make mouths at the invisible event” I am the more afraid of it since hearing of Chan- nings S. sermon. _What has he done_? Send me the sermon I entreat. Should he fall - it will be because he has departed from old fashioned unitarianism, such as Paul preached. Waldo is yet an [-------.] My Brother & Lectures opinion I do not _know_ so I speake [sic] freely. But why do I prose? God himself will direct you and bless you prays you of Aunt. MME Give my love to father & Sister I am in haste as I must give this letter to the [---]man to- morrow morning - ~~and~~ therefore I can’t pay for it. I beg you never to pay. By sending this tomorrow it is pos- sible I can have Dr H’s opinion in a week. I am glad you approve of E. Louisa. I often cheer my soli tude with her lovely image. And wish you had a like engagement. The sermon & whatever else you [page break] you procure please to ask Father to discount for me. He owed me 4# the 14 of last month. Mr Cham berlain expects to be at Concord in a fortnight - if not the sermon may come by mail. By trans- mitting Dr H - s opinion( which hardly seems worth while to ask - but I was writing to you) you will oblige if it does not benefit. I was wandering for health & boarded with a young doctor the [house?] [loss]
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